National Geographic, Instrument and Mirror

MPC Helps Realize Short Films Inspired by Genius and Pereira & O’Dell/NY

Who inspires you? And what will you do with that inspiration?

This the theme that marries two new short films from Pereira & O’Dell/NY, Hey Wonderful and MPC. Titled Instrument and Mirror, they capture emotional stories of two individuals who go beyond normal human capacity, all thanks to one man they both clearly admire: Albert Einstein.

Available online for the "10 Days of Genius Film Festival", the shorts were “inspired” by Genius, the first ever scripted series for Nat Geo, which premiered on April 25th, 2017.

From Instrument’s floating objects in a cozy instrument shop all the way to Mirror’s exploration of the far regions of outer space.

So who inspired the artists at MPC? “This was a great job for us at MPC because we had the opportunity to work with amazing talent like director Sam Spiegel (brother of Spike Jonze), the Academy Award-winning DP Robert Yeoman and Production Designer Elliott Hostetter,” said Warren Paleos, VFX Supervisor in New York.

And what did they do with it? “We couldn’t wait to bring their vision for this to life,” Warren added. “To do this, we used a lot of digital matte painting, paintings, projections, particle systems and various relighting techniques. For Instrument, we did a bit of researching what the inside of older shops used to look like in the 40's and 50's to really capture the look and feel."



Pereira & O'Dell


National Geographic


Sam Spiegel

Production Company

Hey Wonderful

Executive Creative Director

Dave Arnold

Head of Production

Tennille Teague


Jayson Mittman

Art Directors

Aksana Berdnikova & Gary Lee

Managing Director

Cory Berger

Account Director

Mitch Wexler

Account Supervisor

Rosie Boskett

Executive Producer

Sarah McMurray


Angela Jones

Director of Photography

Robert Yeoman

Production Designer

Elliot Hostetter

Editorial & Confirm

Exile NY


Nate Gross

Executive Producer

Sasha Hirschfeld


Melanie Gagliano & Remy Foxx


Mitch Goldberg, Stephania Dulowski, Zaldy Lopez



Executive Producer

Jesse Kurnit

VFX Producer

Aiste Akelaityte


Neela Kumuda Parankusham

Executive Producer Color

Dani Zeitlin

Color Producer

Jenna Gabriel


Adrian Seery

VFX Supervisor

Warren Paleos

VFX Team

Jacob Fradkin, Mike Lombardo, Monica Manalo, Vadim Turchin, Madeline Jackson, David Anger, Jeric Pimentel, Karen Weiss, Mazyar Sharifian, Meghan Sesnie, Jemmy Molero, Chris Ribar, Ambalika Nandy, Ankan Sanyal, Gowri Shankar Velusamy D, Pritesh Krishnappa Kotian, Radhakrishna Rethinasamy, Raju Ganesh S., Shaik Abdul Rahim, Shiny Rajan, Sravan Kumar, Srinivas Achary, Ankit Dheraj Toppo, Sindhuja B, Sabanayagam V, Akhil K.P., Amit Shukla, Anupam Kumar, Arulanandhan, Hemalatha T, Jose J, Joslin Job Mathew, Kishan Katrimal, Mahendra Reddy, Maheswar Konda, Mohanakrishnan C, Muruganatham T, Naresh, Prasanth Palaparthi, Praveenkumar Samiraj, R Vignesh, Rajesh Kumar, V Jegadeesan